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May 18, 2017 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

How much time does it really take for a healthy person to become measurably less healthy? Less than you might think.
According to new research from the University of Liverpool, just two weeks without regular physical …

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Mad Musings


First category I added when I started this blog many moons ago. I jot stuff here I can't otherwise categorize.

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The section you will see a swear or two in. Not that I am a big fan, but sometimes situation can't be helped

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Here you will find books that I have read, currently reading or intend to read. I try to read 1 book per month. THIS SECTION MOVED TO MY LIBRARY CLICK HERE.

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I intend to use this area to catalog my writing journey and collect tidbits of information on the authoring process.

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These are areas I am very much interested in. From time to time, as I am so moved, I free think here as well

Tips for Parents – Five Conversations to Have with Your Student During Winter Break

December 7, 2016 – 10:58 pm | No Comment
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Keeping the lines of communication open with your college student is key to nurturing a good relationship. Take advantage of the face-to-face time you have with your student this winter break by having the following …

Nothing fake about the top 0.1% holding the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90%.

November 27, 2016 – 6:06 pm | No Comment
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While people argue about what is real and fake news the widening gulf of inequality in the real world only continues to expand.  This is actually happening and for the ultra wealthy that hold most …

How to eat more and lose weight

November 18, 2016 – 5:30 pm | No Comment
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If you choose foods with low energy density — few calories for their bulk — you can eat more volume but consume fewer calories.
Feel full on fewer calories? It might sound like another gimmick for …

Road to 350: What Does the US Navy Do Anyway?

November 18, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
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As Trump promises a 350-ship fleet, a primer on the U.S. Navy today.
During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised to increase the size of the U.S. Navy to 350 ships. Since the election, senior campaign …

How to make people like you in 4 seconds

October 31, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment
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Speaker and author Nicholas Boothman offers tips for making a solid first impression — before it’s too late.
Within seconds of meeting you, people are already making judgments about your personality.  Are you hireable? Or dateable? …

The story of inflation between 1996 and 2016

October 30, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment
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Inflation is rarely discussed in the mainstream press.  Most people wake up every day and simply believe that prices go up as a natural state.  These deeply held assumptions usually crack when new revelations happen …

Sustaining retirement income in a lower-return world | Vanguard Blog

October 25, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment
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The first place to start in a low-return environment would be to minimize your investment costs.
Every day, I seem to have a discussion with someone regarding strategies for sustaining retirement income in a lower-return world. Investors, …

Do elite colleges discriminate against Asian-Americans in their admission policies?

October 25, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment
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A lot of people will probably disagree with me on this, but first of all, yes, elite universities use affirmative action to hold Asians to higher standards. And you know what? I think universities are …

Want college to pay off? These are the 50 majors with the highest earnings. 

October 18, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment
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Many of the highest-paying entry-level jobs are tied to engineering and technology majors.
Engineering and technology are among the most challenging fields of study in college, but all of that hard work apparently is paying off, …

Millennials are bogged down by massive student debt and confiscatory housing prices

October 16, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment
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Millennials are a critical group in terms of where the economy goes in the next few years.  The economy largely relies on younger people to spend and purchase consumption items.  Think of a young couple …

If you have high cholesterol, the culprit may be sugar

October 15, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment
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It’s a sad fact. The cholesterol count of the average middle-aged American makes most cardiologists cringe.
Cholesterol seems to start creeping up in our 30s or 40s as careers, kids and other obligations leave us more …

How Many Military Missions Does The US Now Carry Out In Africa Every Year?

October 9, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment
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In the 2016 briefing, the U.S. Defense Department’s then chief of AFRICOM, General David Rodriguez stated that, “In fiscal year 2015, we conducted 75 joint operations, 12 major joint exercises, and 400 security cooperation activities.” …

Securing an Early Retirement: The Blogosphere’s 7 Best Lessons

October 5, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment
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You can retire safely when you have 25x your annual expenses invested in income generating assets
At a time when many struggle to save enough for a comfortable retirement, there are a few people who …

Look Out! Retirement Mistakes are Easy to Make 

October 5, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment
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As a Certified Financial Planner for Personal Capital, I see too many people who focus on their present financial situation or the few years that lie just ahead. They don’t “look out” to what seems …

Retirement Lessons Learned From Botching Savings Early In My Career 

October 5, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment
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At every career stage, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of new money and forget about re-evaluating your retirement plan.
As we start, grow, and end our careers, our focus shifts …

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

October 4, 2016 – 2:21 pm | No Comment
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IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.
Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will …

Why black workers who do everything right still get left behind 

October 4, 2016 – 2:02 pm | No Comment
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We’ve known for a while that black Americans aren’t making economic progress. A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, shows that the black-white wage gap is now the widest it has been since 1979. What’s more …

Hubble Views a Colorful Demise of a Sun-like Star

September 23, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment
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This star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star’s remaining core.
This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the colorful “last …

Why students who do well in high school bomb in college  

September 22, 2016 – 2:09 pm | No Comment
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These traits separate the successful students from the not-so-successful ones.
The first year of college is a tough transition, and for many students, a disillusioning one.
A study conducted last fall at the University of Toronto found that …

How American Politics Became So Ineffective

August 25, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment
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Republicans and Democrats of 2016 have neither intelligible boundaries nor enforceable norms. As a result, renegade political behavior pays.
It’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is …

“The Cloak I Was Offering Them Was Identification With My Whiteness”

August 23, 2016 – 2:15 am | No Comment
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As a white mother of two black children, three white children, who all have a white father, I have something to say.
Racism exists. It is real and tangible. And it is everywhere, all the time.
When …

Black America Is Leaving While Staying Put

July 19, 2016 – 5:10 am | No Comment
Calls For Reforms In Wake Of Police Shooting Death Continue In Chicago

Jimmie Williams joins demonstrators in a protest outside of City Hall calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign on December 11, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. A recently released video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald …

With a recovery like this, who needs a recession: 62 percent of Americans don’t even have $1000 in savings.

July 13, 2016 – 4:27 pm | No Comment
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The stock market just hit another record high.  Yet only half of Americans actually own any stock.  Real estate prices are ebbing closer to their previous bubble peak.  Yet the homeownership rate is down.  The …

Pinklining: The Financial Threat More Women of Color Are Facing

July 11, 2016 – 1:10 am | No Comment
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The Great Recession is over. The economy is back on its feet. That’s the popular narrative Americans see and hear every day, but the impact of the financial crisis is still being felt across the …

Stop Punishing Black Children Just Because They’re Black

July 10, 2016 – 3:38 pm | No Comment
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Schools should be held to higher standards than students. If schools irresponsibly impose discipline practices, then those rules (or leaders) should be expelled. However, when it comes to discipline, we give students the cane and …

The states that spend more money on prisoners than college students

July 10, 2016 – 3:24 pm | No Comment
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It’s a terrible waste of taxpayer money.
Since 1990, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on schools, according to a new Department of Education report …

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus – The Atlantic

June 28, 2016 – 2:15 am | No Comment
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Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math
The familiar, hierarchical sequence of math instruction starts with counting, followed by addition and subtraction, then …

Can Parents Really Be Friends With Their Kids?

June 25, 2016 – 6:25 pm | No Comment
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Two very different relationships that overlap in complicated ways.
Like coloring books or meals composed entirely of vegetables, befriending one’s parents is something that, by early adulthood, seems to take on a new sheen of coolness. …

What Abigail Fisher’s Affirmative Action Case Was Really About

June 24, 2016 – 12:08 am | No Comment
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Abigail Fisher and Edward Blum walk outside the Supreme Court in 2012 (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)
The Supreme Court has upheld the University of Texas’s consideration of race in admissions. The case had been brought by Abigail …

Investment Tips for Grads

June 10, 2016 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

My Comments: Interview with Christine Benz by Jeremy Glaser.  Really great advice as always from Morningstar.

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